SAN DIEGO -- For the first time this season on Wednesday, Padres closer Huston Street was summoned from the bullpen for a save situation.Street got the full experience -- his entrance music, Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" with fans standing on their feet cheering and then three successive outs in the Padres' 2-1 victory over the D-backs. Pressure? Street said he didn't feel it. In fact, he considers non-save situations to actually be filled with more drama than pitching in a save situation. Street's first two appearances with his new team came in tied games. "When you pitch in a save situation, you've got the lead and know that you could give up a run and not lose," Street said. "But I think the tie games are tougher because you have to put up a zero." But, of course, Street understands that closers are judged by one important criteria -- getting those last three outs without incurring any damage. "Closers are judged by saves and their efficiency and it was important to get No. 1 [save]," Street said.
Hundley focused despite slow start
SAN DIEGO -- Don't expect Padres catcher Nick Hundley to hang his head, even though he's still looking for his first hit of the season."It's a constant process," Hundley said. "This is a tough game. But at the same time, I don't think I have been as sharp as I was in Spring Training." Hundley entered Thursday's game against the D-backs as the only player in the Major Leagues with no hits in at least 20 plate appearances. "I've had some pitches to hit, and I'm swinging at the pitches I want to swing at," said Hundley, who got the start behind the plate on Thursday. Hundley, who entered the game hitless in 15 at-bats with five walks, has struck out five times. But he's certain things will turn for him. He entered the season having hit .432 in 37 at-bats in Spring Training. That followed a second half to last season in which he hit .367 after Aug. 12, an average that ranked fourth among all Major League players. Hundley had a .844 OPS during that stretch. "My job is to be productive in this offense," Hundley said. "It needs to get better in a hurry."
Quentin ready to take live batting practice
SAN DIEGO -- Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin will see daylight this weekend, as he heads out from the indoor cage at Petco Park to the field for live batting practice.This is yet another positive step in the rehabilitation of Quentin's right knee. He had surgery on March 19 with the hope that he could play again in four to six weeks. So far, Quentin's rehabilitation has been free of setbacks. San Diego manager Bud Black said Thursday that Quentin will remain in San Diego this weekend for rehabilitation purposes while the team travels to Los Angeles for a three-game series that starts Friday. Black said Quentin will take live batting practice in the coming days at Petco Park. That could mean that a Minor League rehabilitation assignment to get Quentin at-bats in actual games might not be too far off. "He's getting closer," Black said of Quentin, who is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on April 18.
Right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland, who is regarded as one of the Padres' top pitching prospects, is set to make his Major League debut on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, San Diego manager Bud Black confirmed before Thursday's game.
Outfielder Mark Kotsay went hitless in four at-bats on Wednesday with the Class A Lake Elsinore Storm, but his strained right calf responded fine. Kotsay was back at Petco Park on Thursday. He'll likely get in at least one more Minor League game before being activated on Monday in Denver, where the Padres open a three-game series against the Rockies.